The Rev. William F. Johnson, pastor of the Emanuel Baptist church in Burlington, Vt., died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer.

He was 71.

Johnson died from a stroke in his sleep Saturday morning, the Rev. Richard A. Wills, pastor at the church, said.

He died at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Boston.

He lived in Burlington.

A church spokesman said Johnson served as pastor for the last several years.

Johnson’s wife, Carol, and their two children, Mary, 25, and Edward, 23, attended services at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlington about 7:45 p.m.

Johnson was diagnosed with brain tumor in 2015 and died at age 55 in 2016.

He had been working as a pastor at Emanuel Baptist since 2000.

Wilsons wife, Patricia, and her two children attended services in Burlington Sunday morning.

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Williams was 71 years old.

His wife, Deborah, said she was saddened to learn of his death.

“He was my life,” Deborah Williams said.

“I would have loved him to live long and to share his ministry with his congregation.”

Williams served as minister of the church for about three decades before he took on the role of pastor in February.

Williams had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in August 2015 and was in the early stages of remission.

He took the reins of the ministry of the local Emanuel-Evangelical Church of Vermont church in April 2017.

A church spokesman confirmed Williams’ death to The Associated Press.

Williams was pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Concord, where he also served as president for five years.

He also served at the St. John the Evangelist Church of Concord.

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